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KARACHI: The city made history on Monday when it completed a year without reporting a single case of poliovirus, health department officials told Dawn.
“This is the first time in its history that Karachi hasn’t reported a single case the whole year. Fortunately, the reports of samples collected from various drains in the city have repeatedly come negative the whole year,” said coordinator for emergency operation centre, Sindh, Fayyaz Jatoi, adding that the city was close to eradicating the crippling disease.
LAHORE/CHITRAL/QUETTA/KARACHI: Six people lost their lives and two others suffered injuries as a cold wave caused by moderate rain and snowfall gripped different parts of the country on Saturday.
The weather system responsible for rain in Karachi over the past two days centred on Balochistan on Saturday, leaving many areas of the province blanketed with snow.
By IMTIAZ ALI and ASIM KHAN
The second consecutive day of rain in Karachi brought with it problems for city dwellers, as water flooded roads and power was disrupted in large parts of the city.
Four more people, including an eight-year-old child, died in rain-related incidents in the metropolis on Saturday, bringing death toll to eight, since Friday afternoon when moderate to heavy and intermittent rain lashed the provincial capital.
By IFTIKHAR A. KHAN
ISLAMABAD: The sudden re-emergence of the phenomenon of enforced disappearances prompted a call in the Senate on Friday for legislation to bring state agencies under the ambit of law.
Speaking on a point of public importance, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said the Senate Committee of the Whole on speedy and inexpensive justice had recently forwarded its recommendations to the government, one of which was related to missing persons and included draft legislation to bring the state agencies under the ambit of the law.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagrawhile appreciating the tremendous progress of health and political administration of FATA in the fight against Polio has directed all the Political Agents and Agency Surgeons to ensure polio eradication from the entire region within first three months of 2017.
With the PML-N government stepping up its campaigning efforts for the 2018 General Election, the party introduced the Prime Minister's National Health Programme in Narowal.
The scheme was first launched in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on the occasion that around 160,000 families in Narowal will receive a health card under the scheme.
Outfitted in blue Rotary vests and flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan. One worker leans toward the driver to ask a question as another reaches into a cooler to prepare the vaccine. Among the crush of passengers in the van, they identify one child who has not yet been vaccinated.
There is no time for second-guessing.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific section below for further details): Pakistan: one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case; three positive environmental samples (two wild poliovirus type 1 – WPV1, and one cVDPV2).
GENEVA (11 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, David Kaye, today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a matter of the highest priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.
The four men -Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Salman Haider and Ahmed Raza Naseer- went missing between 4 and 7 January. Mainstream media outlets had accused them of promoting blasphemy, a criminal offense in Pakistan.
QUETTA: The Emergency Operations Centre, Balochistan, on Tuesday confirmed a new case of poliomyelitis in a four-month-old boy in the Mehmoodabad area of Chaman town, Qila Abdullah district.
Parents of the infant said that the boy developed high-grade fever and weakness in muscles in the last week of December.
They first took him to a local dispensary and then to a paediatrician in Quetta where he was diagnosed suffering from polio after receiving confirmed medical results from the National Institute of Health Laboratory.
Pakistan’s disputes with neighboring India and Afghanistan periodically erupt in violence. Domestic attacks involving disparate terrorist and insurgent groups, and counter-offensives by Pakistan’s military, have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis over a decade and forced nearly 1.5 million from their homes. Sectarian violence against minorities is fueled by a narrow vision for Pakistan’s national identity that has been promoted by political movements and state institutions.
PESHAWAR: The government has decided to deregister the internally displaced families disinclined to return to native towns in Fata.
The decision was made during a meeting here on Thursday, which discussed the return, rehabilitation and other issues related to militancy-hit people of Fata.
KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra chaired the meeting, said an official statement.
KARACHI: The chairperson of the Baloch Human Rights Organisation (BHRO), Bibi Gul Baloch, has claimed that 113 mutilated bodies were found dumped across Balochistan last year.
Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, she revealed details of the annual report compiled by the BHRO.
It included data about the people who went missing, those whose bodies were found in Karachi and south-west Balochistan, and those killed during military raids and operations.
PESHAWAR: The government has launched a deweaopnisation campaign in Kurram Agency, asking the local tribal people to hand over weapons to the administration.
However, elders in Parachinar say that recent history of violence against the tribes and fragile security situation in Afghanistan make this move inopportune at this moment.
Local officials recruited Muslim clerics to promote immunisations for 400,000 children after past programmes were met with resistance and violence by extremists
By Gul Yousafzai
QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunisation campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples, officials said.
QUETTA: A special five-day polio immunisation campaign will kick off on Monday in Quetta, during which children below five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.
The Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre, Syed Faisal Ahmed, said on Sunday that the campaign was being launched following confirmation of positive cases in the city’s environmental samples.
The campaign will cover 39 union councils of the city with the help of 1,345 teams, 105 fixed sites and 175 transit points along with mobile teams.
At least nine more infants died due to malnutrition and outbreak of the various diseases in Thar during that last two days, raising the toll to 476 this year.
With the death of nine more children the toll rose to 476 during past 12 months of the outgoing year, said health officials. However, according to the unofficial details gathered from various independent sources, the toll rose to 606 this year.
The health officials, however, are not sure about more than 690 children who were refered to hospitals in Hyderabad and Karachi that whether they died or survived.